About Me

Dang Khac Minh Le (a.k.a. Midas) is a Ph.D. Student in Computer Science at Northwestern University, advised by Dr. Xinyu Xing. His research interest is mainly in software security, including researches on vulnerability discovery, exploitation technique, and defense mechanisms. Before his Ph.D., he participated in many CTF competitions and won several national and international prizes, his tasks were to solve challenges related to Binary Exploitation and Reverse Enigneering.


  • B.Eng. in Computer Engineering, Ho Chi Minh City University of Technology, VNU-HCM, 2022


I currently specialize in software security research, especially on the offensive security side, which are exploitation techniques. In the wild, these techniques are widely used by malicious attackers, but the amount of thorough studies on them in the academia is still limited. Therefore, my recent works focus on doing comprehensive study about existing emerging exploitation techniques in the wild to formalize them, find their root causes, and assess how effective they are.


  1. Wu, Y., Lin, Z., Chen, Y., Le, D., Mu, D., Xing, X., “Mitigating Security Risks in Linux with KLAUS: A Method for Evaluating Patch Correctness”, Proceedings of the 32nd USENIX Security Symposium (USENIX Security), Anaheim, August 2023.


  • Remote Smart Contract Auditting Intern, Sec3, US, Jun 2023 – Sep 2023.
  • Research Intern under Dr. Xinyu Xing at Northwestern University, US, Aug 2022 – May 2023.
  • Security Intern at BShield Team, VNG Corp, Vietnam, Feb 2020 – Aug 2022.


Feel free to reach out to me at lekhacminhdang@gmail.com. You can also find me on LinkedIn, Twitter/X, and Github.